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The Rise of Viola Davis

Gabrielle Vaughn | Blogger Deluxe
Photograph by ABC

When we’re looking for female strength in character – in television and in the movies, 2014 definitely brought us a few ultimate role models. Somehow, thankfully,  we’ve evolved past the limits of Barbie doll skinny-blonde-youthful into the concept of what real women are doing and can potentially do. Enter Viola Davis, and her amazing presence as Professor Annalise Keating, in the hit TV series, ‘How to Get Away With Murder’.

It’s nice to see middle aged women getting kudos, in fact, it’s nice when we can recognize women for more than just their beauty.  Ms. Davis is such a tour de force, and while she is indeed a beautiful woman, what makes her special comes from inside: she’s filled with a light that cannot be denied, and thankfully, she has the talent to deliver that light to us in ways that are not only entertaining, but inspiring as well.  Read more

The Power of Grandma

Gabrielle Vaughn | Blogger Deluxe
Photograph by Paola Gianturco

Grandmas are livin’ loud and large these days. Tara Sophia Mohr, expert on women’s leadership and well-being, talks about the wonderful and eye-opening new book, Grandmother Power, A Global Phenomenon by Paola Gianturco.

Here is an excerpt from her Huffington Post interview with Gianturco:

Tara: How did the idea for your new book, Grandmother Power, come about?

Paola: In 2006, I met heroic grandmothers all over Africa who were raising their grandchildren who had been orphaned by AIDS. While still grieving for their children, they somehow managed to care for youngsters, sometimes as many as 15 at a time. I was convinced that the future of that continent rests in the hands of its grandmothers and wondered what grandmothers were doing in other parts of the world. I discovered an unheralded, international activist grandmothers movement.

Tara: How would you describe this movement, this phenomenon, that you call Grandmother Power? Read more

Pretty Proud

Evan Chen | Blogger Extraordinaire

Tell me that when you see this photo with this tweet that you don’t just feel so happy for Barack Obama, that he gets to be in the presence of these awesome women. Any man who can rise to power and handle to power of the women in the family is a man who has a special experience of life. Women are worth knowing, and these gorgeous ladies below are such a statement of power and balance.


Someday we’ll be able to see our beauty in all different packages, we’ll be able to accept the power within us and let it shine, no matter who we are. Michelle and Malia, the First Lady and first daughter of the White House. Hail to the queens.

What He Thinks We Want in Bed

Adrian Lamb | Blogger On the Go

According to Erin Stevens, of Men’s Fitness, men have a very distinct roll call list of what they believe will bring a woman to orgasm. When I first read the article, before actually focusing, I automatically assumed they’d not only get it dead wrong, but that it would end up being comedy, a gag article. On further inspection – these dudes aren’t that far offbase. What do you think, ladies?

Of the 9 Sex Positions That’ll Get Her Off Every Time which ones would you tend to agree or disagree with?

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They Make it Look So Easy

Gabrielle Vaughn | Blogger Du Jour

Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate self-discipline as an invisible magic. You can’t see, taste, or smell it, but its effects are unmistakable. It can transform overweight into slim, uninformed into expert, poor into rich, and misery into happiness. It’s the submerged part of the iceberg others don’t see when they see a person’s “genius.”

For example, celebrities have never been more visible in our culture. Famous athletes, talented actors and actresses, and incredible musicians are all over the media. But what we don’t see are the thousands of hours of super-focused work these people have put in behind the scenes to get to where they are.

It’s easy to feel that success comes easily – that it’s just a matter of luck, or an innate gift. But anyone who has achieved anything has done so because they’ve been able to control and direct their own inner strengths and actions to the extent that has enabled them to become super-skilled at what they do. And this kind of self-discipline, like a muscle, can be developed by all of us, including you.

– Marc Chernoff “Secret Tricks of Highly Productive, Self-Disciplined People”

The photo depicts Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes, both stellar examples of self-discipline, both leaders in women’s rights.

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It’s Egg-Freezing Time

Evan Chen | Contributor

Egg freezing. As they say these days, “It’s a thing now.”

If you’ve been awake over the last few days and you’ve managed to hear above the words, ebola and Isis, then you may have heard the news that Facebook and Apple are now willing to pay for the freezing of their female employees ovum. According to The Guardian, the new trend is apparently very exciting news for women younger than age 40. Read more

Is It Pinktober Yet?

Gabrielle Vaughn | Blogger du Jour

Well, we’ve hit October – time to do things in pink. Wait, what are we celebrating again?

Oh yeah. Breast cancer awareness month. Not a celebration, though you sure would think so with all the happy pink bubbles. You know what pink made me aware of? That pink exists but a cure does not. Pink let me know that money exists – but still, the cure eludes us.

It’s Pinktober again — and you know what that means? It means that we the people get to celebrate the sisterhood of the traveling cancer, with pretty pink parades and pinky-pink ribbons. Let’s march through the streets, hand in hand O My Sisters, ’cause fighting cancer is a pretty pink bonding experience. Yippy, skippy! Read more

Kill the Bitch (It’s a Tired Word)

Adrian Lamb | Blogger Extraordinaire

The other day, I overheard a 9-year old girl describe her own mood as “bitchy.” She had said that she believed she might be getting her period because she confessed that she’d been “acting like such a bitch these days.”

Hormones aside, I thought that was quite an inappropriate word for such a young girl to use, especially as a descriptive for her own self. I’m no prude, nor do I think the word, “Bitch” is all that horrid – I simply wondered how a child her age came to feel comfortable with a word that was generally used in the context of slang.

Of course, children have access to a wide vocabulary of inappropriate words — think how many they must overhear on TV alone. But rarely does a child actually know how to apply these words, unless specifically instructed. Where was she getting her information? And what made this young girl equate menstruation with the word, “bitchy?” Read more

Wife Beaters: Throw the Bum Out

Wife beaters. Again.

Are we really having the conversation where we have to take men to task for being wife beaters? Is this real? We’ve got the evening news playing us footage of the woman-bashing football player who cold-cocked his wife and now suddenly we’re acting like this might possibly be an issue — as if it’s never not been an issue before. Read more